If you have installed the Developer Preview of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 you may have noticed that it is snappier and faster than Internet Explorer 10 or previous versions of the default Windows Internet browser. Back then it was not really clear when the final version of the browser for Windows 7 would be released by Microsoft, and while it is still not clear today, a new version of it has just been released.
Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 is an update for the Developer Preview version that Microsoft released back in July. It is not clear if Windows users who have installed the Developer Preview will receive the update automatically, or if it needs to be updated manually.
The Release Preview is already available on the official Microsoft Internet Explorer website, but not on Windows Update or the browser's internal update checker. This may change, but if you want to try out the new version as soon as possible, you may want to download it from the website instead to do so.
Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview
It is naturally also possible to install the release preview on a system that does not run IE11 yet. The developer preview was intended for developers only, while this release has been designed for a broader audience.
Note: you do need to restart your system before the new version of Internet Explorer 11 becomes available on it. It is also important that the browser will replace the current version of Internet Explorer on the system.
No word yet on the changes in this build, as Microsoft has not published a change log yet that is publicly available. The HTML5 Test shows no difference in score between both IE11 versions, and the Kraken benchmark score is nearly the same as well.
The only difference that I noticed right out of the bat is that the Release Preview is available for additional languages. The language selection of the Developer Preview was rather limited in comparison.
Microsoft has released a new video entitled "Rethink your relationship with Internet Explorer".
If you have installed the Developer Preview you may want to upgrade to the Release Preview right away. While it is not clear if something has changed along the line, it is likely that updates have found their way into the new browser. Tech enthusiasts may also want to give it a try, while everyone else may want to wait for the official release before they consider upgrading the existing version of IE to it.
Update: Microsoft has published a detailed post about the new Internet Explorer version on the official IE Blog. Here is a short list of new features and improvements:
- Better web standards support.
- Faster performance according to Microsoft.
- Improvements to the Debugger. File access has been improved.
- Dom Explorer allows developers to edit CSS properties directly.
- The Memory tool identifies memory changes between sanpshots.
- New always refresh from server option.